A daughter of Helios and consort of Lycus. She abused and mistreated Antiope who served her as a slave. Antiope's sons Amphion and Zethus took revenge by tying Dirce to the horns of a raging bull. After her death her body was changed by Dionysus, in whose service she had been engaged, into a well on Mount Cithaeron.1 A small river near Thebes likewise received its name from her.2
Dirce's punishment is the subject of a famous Farnesian Bull, a work of Apollonius and Tauriscus of Tralles (ca. 150 BCE). A mural in the Casa dei Vettii in Pompeii depicts the same scene.